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Airbnb launches its own in-house design studio, Samara

Airbnb has launched its own in-house innovation and design studio, named Samara.

It will employ design and engineering experts from Airbnb to work on creative ideas broadly related to the company’s remit, exploring architecture, product design, software engineering and new economic models. As described on its website, it’s a chance for Airbnb’s “community values to evolve beyond travel and hospitality and into our daily lives.”

 Samara’s brand marque is a simple adaptation of the Airbnb logo by DesignStudio, breaking the continuous line of the looping “A” with a dot — suggesting the studio is a small break from the norm in the wider Airbnb operation.